COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Da'Rick Rogers made a quick impact in his Tennessee Tech debut, catching a touchdown pass in the Golden Eagles' 41-31 victory against Hampton in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Rogers, who transferred to TTU over the weekend after being indefinitely suspended by Tennessee, caught three passes for 75 yards, including a 17-yard scoring strike from Tre Lamb. The former Calhoun High standout entered in the second quarter and snagged a six-yard catch for his first reception. He later added a 52-yarder that set up a Zach Sharp field goal.
Tennessee Tech led 31-7 at the half, but Hampton struck back with 17 points in the third quarter. Jorrian Washington's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and scored again after recovering a Tennessee Tech fumble on a punt at the 5-yard line to pull to within seven points.
Lamb engineered a 76-yard drive that ended in a 9-yard touchdown pass to Zack Zeigler, and Zach Sharp kicked a 25-yard field goal to push the margin to 17 points, 41-24, in the fourth quarter.
Tennessee Tech outgained Hampton 548 yards to 192 in total offense. Lamb, another former Calhoun high star, was 24 of 34 for 339 yards and four touchdowns, and Adam Urbano rushed for 158 yards.
It was Tennessee Tech's first game against a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent.
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